Loving God. Loving People.

Pre-Fast Lesson: Day 8

Title: Made to Worship
Text: Matthew 6:21
By Heather Lambert

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

We were made to worship. We worship what we treasure. That leads us to ask the question, “What is my treasure?” Is it comfort, time, money, talent, entertainment, a job? The easiest way to answer that question is to look at your calendar, your wallet, your thoughts and ask yourself, “What do I pursue?” Matthew 6:21 teaches, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” If we were made to treasure and worship God, the creator, it makes sense that the enemy wants to rob us of our purpose. He wants to divert our worship to things that are not beneficial.

One of the things we worship is our comfort, specifically we worship food. We like the way food makes us feel. We like having plenty and more than plenty. When we were in Honduras a few years ago on a mission trip, we worked at a preschool which fed children a hot lunch every day. The day I worked in the kitchen we served watered down vegetable and rice soup and weak punch. I was pretty certain my kids would refuse the day’s meal. However, every child who came through the line had a huge smile on their face. The outdoor eating area grew very quiet as each child consumed every bit of the soup and punch prepared for them. You would have thought it was the best food they had ever eaten! Then, my heart broke as one of the mothers came to pick up her preschool child carrying an infant. She walked around the bowls still left on the tables and picked out pieces of rice and pressed them inside her infant’s mouth. These people were literally in danger of starving. Every morsel was sacred. What if that driving hunger that led that mom to see the value in grains of rice mimicked our hunger for God, His presence, His Word

Psalm 105:4 Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually.

My prayer for us during this fasting season is that we would seek the Lord as a precious treasure with all our strength. May we be desperate for Him!

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